The best of August’s beauty buys are about easy looks and peace of mind, writes Rachel Marie Walsh.
August is a wicked month, really cool, stuck in that purple patch between seasons when you’re all fit from walking so much and want to eat every meal outside.
Wearing more than bronzer and mascara can feel like gilding the lily.
Fitting, then, that so many of the new beauty buys are barely-there or sound like fruit salad.
TooFaced is doing and end-of-summer Tutti Frutti collection, inspired by watermelon and available mid-month.
Watermelon extract is naturally hydrating and antioxidant-rich, while the whole fruit’s strong shades of green, black and suit-everyone red work well in makeup. It even creates a dewy finish.
The collection includes a limited-edition tube of TooFaced’s Better Than Sex, €23, America’s favourite luxury mascara (and that’s without any Kardashi-endorsements), which makes lashes super-full and soft.
There’s also a watermelon-infused version of HangoverFX 3-in-1 Setting Spray, €31.
This mist is coconut-water based and antioxidant rich. It perks up skin when used as a primer, makeup finish or mid-afternoon refresher.
The collection’s centrepiece is the Watermelon Slice Face and Eye Palette, €40.50, which includes two removable, handbag-friendly ‘slices’.
One has eight fruit-coloured eyeshadows in flattering, fruit-inspired shades.
There are mauve, pink cream, silvered beige and deep wine mattes for subtle shaping.
Soft pink, ivy and black-green sparkle adds dimension while watermelon-pink satin creates the kind of colour pop seen in the model shot, right.
The other slice is for the complexion, set with pans of biscuity bronze, peach highlighter and yet more watermelon pink, this time for the cheeks’ apples.
The whole lot is watermelon-scented. Three pink shades of Juicy Fruits Candy Finish Lip Gloss, €19, a high-colour satin formula, finish the look.
Glossier’s Lip Gloss, €14, creates an instantly juicy look itself and is now available in red and holographic shades as well as a classic clear.
Universally flattering, it delivers dimension and leaves lips moisturised and lusciously shiny in one comfortable swipe.
‘Clear’ gives a crystal finish, ‘Red’ a sheer and subtle tint, and ‘Holographic’ a glossy opalescent shimmer.
As always, there’s no stickiness, grittiness, or gluey feeling — just smooth, emollient glide.
The clear gloss is already a staple for celebrities like Hailey Bieber, SZA, Ciara, and Laura Harrier.
Michelle Obama wore the red while headlining at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans last month.
Holographic is still my favourite, as the multi-faceted shimmer creates the fullest look without irritation or layers of liner and lip colour.
Ingredients like jojoba, Vitamin E and a mix of mineral-oil – what the brand calls ‘Gloss-Agent Technology’ – makes lips soft and naturally plumper.
The trouble with barely-there foundation is that it’s still noticeably makeup but does not always provide the neutralising coverage you may like.
Fresh, even-toned skin is why so many of us bother with base, so Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid, €40, available from mid-month, is a welcome addition to their mix.
A little more substantial than Skin Illusion but still made with great ‘slip,’ this new foundation creates a healthful look with a single application and can be built up in problem areas — under the eyes or on the lower cheeks, for example — without caking or otherwise flagging you’ve done a camouflage job in a hurry.
The fluid, silky texture lets the skin breathe while concealing complexion imperfections.
Youth Fluid has a luminous, satiny finish and is made to last about ten hours without touch-ups, though hold tends to vary when a formula contains hydrating ingredients.
The name makes it sounds like anti-ageing serum and with good reason: it contains broad-spectrum SPF15 and a range of exotic antioxidants, including acacia, lots of argan oil and the maritime extract red jania.
Jo Malone London candles are always received with delight, but the brand’s collaboration with Pieta House makes them extra-special gifts.
The Irish charity provides free, community-based support services for anyone who has attempted or is thinking about suicide, those engaging in self-harmful behaviour and anyone impacted by the loss of someone to suicide.
Jo Malone London is helping to support the Resilience Academy, a six-week programme delivered to secondary schools across the country that aims to increase protective factors such as coping mechanisms, problem solving, decision making and cognitive skills.
Support comes from through the sales of the brand’s Charity Home Candle Collection.
The newest addition is the verdant Lily of the Valley & Ivy. Sparkling cassis and green ivy open the fragrance.
They fade into a delicate lily of the valley, while a decadent narcissus gives the candle a lavish heart.
Together with Jo Malone’s gorgeous White Lilac & Rhubarb, Peony & Moss and Iris & Lady Moore candles, it helps to shine a light on mental health.
For each Charity Home Candle sold in Ireland, the brand will make a donation equal to 75 per cent of the retail price of €52 (less VAT) to support individuals and families affected by mental health problems.